The Origin of a Work of Art Hölderlin and The Essence of Poetry

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Origin of a Work of Art                 Hölderlin and The Essence of Poetry

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This chapter turns to 1935, and examines The Origin of a Work of Art, and “Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry”. It notes that in the artwork, truth is at work; the artwork originates both as Being and truth. The originating of truth is simultaneously original poetizing, for it is the function of language. It suggests that all art is in essence poetry. Thought emerges under the guise of preserving the truth-at-work in the work and through the process of resolve: willing to know truth as it takes place in art.

Keywords: art; truth; poetry; Hölderlin; language

Chapter.  5922 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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